Mormon support for gay marriage gradually grows

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new survey shows Mormons are gradually becoming more accepting of same-sex marriage, fueled by the views of younger church members.

But the survey released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute reveals that Mormons in the United States still lag behind national support for same-sex marriage and behind Catholics, Muslims and Jews.

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Federal trial begins for wife of Pulse nightclub shooter

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Opening statements at her federal trial Wednesday outlined contrasting portraits of the widow of the man who shot and killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida.

Noor Salman, a 31-year-old mother, is charged with aiding and abetting her husband, Omar Mateen, in planning the 2016 attack on the Pulse nightclub.

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Egypt steps up crackdown on homosexuals, arrests 27

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has stepped up a crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality, arresting a total of 27 in a little more than a week, security officials said Tuesday.

They said the 27 include a man and a woman picked up by police on Monday and all have been charged with “debauchery.”

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Danes charge imam for comparing gays to pedophiles

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Danish prosecutors have charged a 49-year-old imam for making public remarks against homosexuals, whom he compared to pedophiles.

Prosecutor Jan Reckendorff says the unidentified imam violated Denmark’s penal code in interviews in June 2016 following the attack at Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub, where 49 people were shot dead. Many Muslims consider homosexuality to be sinful.

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Trump’s pick for top diplomat breaks from him in many ways

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WASHINGTON (AP)  Rex Tillerson’s foreign policy isn’t sounding much like Donald Trump’s.

At his confirmation hearing Wednesday, the former Exxon Mobil CEO selected by Trump for secretary of state called Russia a “danger” and vowed to protect America’s European allies. He rejected the idea of an immigration ban on Muslims. He treaded softly on the human rights records of key U.S. partners like Saudi Arabia.

In the words of Sen. Bob Corker, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s GOP chairman, Tillerson “demonstrated that he’s very much in the mainstream of foreign policy thinking.” But doing so forced Tillerson to break with several of the president-elect’s most iconoclastic statements on diplomacy and international security.

Again and again, Tillerson hewed more closely to long-standing, bipartisan positions on America’s role in the world, and who are its friends and foes.

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Hate crimes are stain on America’s ‘soul,’ says Attorney General

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STERLING, Virginia (AP) – Hate crimes tear at the fabric of American communities and represent a stain on the country’s soul, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a mosque and Muslim community center on Monday.

Lynch spoke at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center as law enforcement across the country confronts a spike in hate crimes targeting Muslims.

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